Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Walking away from a nine year long nightmare

Drew Griffin
360 correspondent

When I think of everything I've done in the past nine years, this assignment suddenly becomes much more somber. Tim Masters is expected to walk out of the second floor courtrom here a free man.

He will step into a crisp 19 degree Colorado day, bristling with sunshine and blue skies. It would be a perfectly happy ending to any story-except this one. Masters has been held in a Colorado prison for these past nine years, and it may turn out that incarceration was for nothing.

I reported last week on the fumbling police case that chased a 15 year old boy for twelve years, until finally some scary doodles led to Masters conviction for murder.

I also reported new DNA evidence now points to a completely different person as a suspect in that murder.

Today, I plan to report on what happens when a man, who knows he has committed no crime, suddenly walks away from a nine year long nightmare.

Posted By CNNBLOG: 1:02 PM ET
  3 Comments
I can't even imagine how Tim must feel getting out after 9 years of his life have been taken from him for a crime he didn't commit. I hope he has family to go to while he gets back on his feet with a job and someplace to live, etc.

I'm looking forward to your report and hearing what Tim has to say.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 1:52 PM ET
Drew/AC360:
The investigaor, Linda Wheeler-Holloway, has a lot of guts. The backlash she will receive for whistle-blowing her doubts about the conviction may haunt her but not as much as allowing an innocent man to stay in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Great story Drew!
Posted By Blogger Sharon from Indy : 3:15 PM ET
It is seriously scary when an innocent man can go to jail in a country where "innocent until proven guilty" exists.

I hope that this fixes the system for others.

It is sad because he will never get back those years nor will he ever have a truly fixed reputation.

It is a sad statement on our society when an innocent man sits in jail and tons of bad one go free on technicalities.
Posted By Anonymous Sabrina in Los Angeles : 9:59 PM ET
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